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Used Car Buying Basics

If you've been thinking about buying a used car, it's important to make sure you're getting the best possible deal. The right used car can make an incredible difference in your life, so make sure you know what you're looking for.

Choose a budget and design that you like before you start looking at vehicles. You'll have a large number of choices, so don't be afraid to take several models on test drives. This will let you know whether a particular model is a good fit for your needs. 

 

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What do different vehicle safety test ratings mean?

Understanding the different vehicle safety test ratings.

If you're in the market to buy a new car, you are probably also interested in a different vehicle safety test ratings and what they mean. It can be bewildering, but in order to clarify, the first thing you need to know is these ratings are managed by two different groups: the NHTSA and the IIHS.

NHTSA Ratings

The NHTSA rating system is comprised of three test. The first test measures injury potential at a 35 mph fixed barrier crash; a side impact assessment comprised of two ratings is the next test…

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How to Take an Affordable Road Trip

Road trips are a fun and low-key way to explore. They can also be low-cost, which is great when you have to stick to a budget. Plan out your trip using mapping sites or apps. Look for free things to do on your way, such as hiking through a park or strolling through a public garden. Plan where to stop for breaks. Look up the places with the lowest fuel prices.

While planning, be sure to consider alternate routes in case of construction or closed roads. If you are traveling with kids, bring plenty of snacks, bottles of water and…

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From What Source did the Concept of an SUV Evolve?

Having the versatility to haul people and cargo at the same instant was always the dream of car engineers as well as drivers. The original answer was to build a pickup with a large and open bed. Unfortunately, the concept limited family use, crowding everyone together in the cab or unsecured in the bed. The van was supposed to answer the problem but ate gas while providing an unsavory tunnel-like environment. Finally, the idea of an SUV drew attention with small regard from the public. 

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The Roadside Emergency Kit Essentials

The team at Piazza Honda of Pottstown wanted to remind you of certain essentials that should be in your car's roadside emergency kit.

A roll of duct tape could be helpful in patching holes or making repairs in a number of different areas of your vehicle. The tools that should be in the kit include a knife, hammer, pliers, screwdriver, socket set, multi-tool, wrench, and scissors.

Keep road flares in the kit so you can alert other drivers your vehicle is stuck on the roadside. A small first-aid kit is crucial for tending to little injuries until you can…

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You May Need to Get Your Brakes Checked

Your vehicle needs a sufficient amount of brake fluid within the lines in order to be able to stop your vehicle effectively. One of the first signs of a brake issue is what is called a soft brake pedal. A soft brake pedal goes down almost to the floor when you step on the brake. It doesn't have the firm feel that it is supposed to have.

There are several reasons for a soft pedal. Usually, it means that brake fluid is leaking somewhere. The brake lines running to the wheels will sometimes corrode and leak fluid. If too…

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5 Key Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

  1. Optimize Fuel Economy
    Drivers don't often associate regular oil changes with fuel economy and efficiency, but the two are certainly connected. When your vehicle receives regular oil changes, the fresh oil helps keep your engine lubricated, reducing friction and increasing the efficiency of the engine.
  2. Performance
    General engine performance is highly affected by oil changes. If you regularly change your engine oil, the clean oil will keep the fast-moving engine components lubricated ensuring your engine runs smoother and quieter.
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Top 5 Summer Auto Maintenance Tips

  1. Oil Changes
    Oil changes are crucial to your vehicles long-term performance. Engine oil helps to keep your engine components lubricated, reduce wear, and dissipate heat. Your oil should be changed around every 3,000 miles to ensure it doesn't have contaminants that can hurt your engine.
  2. Brakes
    Brakes are one of the most important parts of your automobile and your first line of defense in avoiding collisions. Be sure to have your brakes inspected by a service professional if you experience pulsating, noises, longer stopping distances, or grabbing while braking.
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What is a Gasket's Purpose?

Who would ever think such a small car part could be so important? A gasket is a mechanical piece that seals up two surfaces that aren't twin copies one of another, like a head gasket that works to seal up the space between an engine block and a cylinder head.

The purpose of a gasket is to create a fine seal so that no chemicals or any other substance can leak out. The most common type of gaskets are made out of multi-layer steel, but they can also come in copper or rubber. Copper helps maintain longevity while rubber…

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Easy Steps to Changing a Flat Tire

It is unlikely that you can drive on a flat tire without causing more damage to your vehicle. To change a flat, you will need a jack, lug wrench and a flat surface to put the car on. The first step is to elevate the vehicle to make it possible to remove the tire.

For best results, be sure to loosen the lug nuts before elevating the vehicle. However, don't take them all the way off until the car is off the ground. Once the lug nuts are off, take the tire off and place the new one. The…

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